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Two Graves

Two Graves

Author

Lincoln Child & Preston Douglas

Staff Comment

At last we learn about special agent pendergast's family. A past he didn't know he had now haunts him. Neo-nazis, eugenics, and southern-style detective work!

Suggested by

Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

The Hopefuls

The Hopefuls

Author

Jennifer Close

Staff Comment

This book shows how difficult a political campaign can b on a marriage.

Suggested by

Ellen, East Shore Area Library

The Gray Man

The Gray Man

Author

Mark Greaney

Staff Comment

Court Gentry is The Gray Man, a silent assassin who always hits his target. Always.

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Alex, East Shore Area Library

The library at the Edge of the World

The library at the Edge of the World

Author

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Staff Comment

Hanna Cosey regretfully returns from london to her rural Irish hometown to become its librarian. Told with wit and charm.

Suggested by

Maryann, East Shore Area Library

On the Ropes: Round One

On the Ropes: Round One

Author

Tom Schreck

Staff Comment

A surprisingly good first book, fast paced and funny, with an involved plot that has little to do with boxing. Don't miss Round Two.

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

Author

Fredrik Backman

Staff Comment

Delightful read! The main character seems to be a grumpy old man set in his ways, but slowly you begin to see a deeper connection to many people in some surprising ways. Don't judge a book by it's cover: some grumpy old men have big hearts!

Suggested by

Marie, Northern Dauphin Library & Maryann, East Shore Area Library

Twenties Girl

Twenties Girl

Author

Sophie Kinsella

Staff Comment

Part ghost story, part mystery, part romantic-comedy about the importance of family and relationships

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Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger

Author

Stephen King

Staff Comment

1st in Dark Tower series about a gunslinger's adventures; fantasy

Suggested by

Joe, East Shore Area Library

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Author

Mitch Albom

Staff Comment

This simple, quick read has valuable messages about life that we all can take heed to. Check out the movie, too!

Suggested by

Ashley, McCormick Riverfront Library

Storm Cycle

Storm Cycle

Author

Iris Johansen

Staff Comment

Great story combining ancient Egyptian secrets, super-computers, and international intrigue.

Suggested by

Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Poseidon’s Arrow

Poseidon’s Arrow

Author

Clive Cussler

Staff Comment

A great Clive Cussler novel where the heroes must prevent international spies from getting the plans for a cutting-edge submarine.

Suggested by

Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Gideon’s Corpse

Gideon’s Corpse

Author

Child, Lincoln, and Preston, Douglas

Staff Comment

Another edge-of-the-seat Gideon Crew adventure - this time Gideon must stop a global destruction plan while evading the authorities. A great read!

Suggested by

Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Blackout

Blackout

Author

Marc Elsberg

Staff Comment

This is a thriller involcing computer hackers, terrorism, loss of power, and intrigue.

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Ann Marie

Death Cloud

Death Cloud

Author

Andrew Lane

Staff Comment

This is a wonderful "young Sherlock Holmes" adventure.

Suggested by

Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

How to love

How to love

Author

Kate Cotugno

Staff Comment

A shockingly real love story of two teenagers.

Suggested by

Ellen

Stoner & Spaz

Stoner & Spaz

Author

Ronald Koertge

Staff Comment

Extremely well written story of a young man with cerebral palsy and his friendship with a "drugged out" woman. A quick, absorbing read.

Suggested by

Connor

The Mystery of Hollow Places

The Mystery of Hollow Places

Author

Rebecca Podos

Staff Comment

Imogene's father has gone to look for her missing mother. Imogene must follow the clues he left for her to find them both. Endearing characters in a good mystery.

Suggested by

Phyllis

Sworn to Silence

Sworn to Silence

Author

Linda Castillo

Staff Comment

This is a gripping story of serial murders committed in an idyllic Amish community. The ending will surprise you.

Suggested by

Pat, East Shore Area Library

One for the Money

One for the Money

Author

Janet Evanovich

Staff Comment

First of the delightful Stephanie Plum novels. Read it and you'll be hooked!

Suggested by

Pat, East Shore Area Library

Kissing Christmas Goodbye

Kissing Christmas Goodbye

Author

M.C. Beaton

Staff Comment

Light, amusing "whodunit" in a cozy english village, complete with an old manor house and all the trimmings.

Suggested by

Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Giant George

Giant George

Author

Dave Nasser

Staff Comment

A wonderful memoir of a 'little' blue-eyed dog. Funny, heartwarming, entertaining.

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author

Elizabeth Gilbert

Staff Comment

The Author of Eat Pray Love inspires you to be creative.

Suggested by

Alyssa, ESA

The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter

The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter

Author

Rod Duncan

Staff Comment

A steampunk mystery featuring a woman disguised as her "brother" prowling the dark streets of London.

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Leslie, East Shore Area Library

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Author

Ernest Cline

Staff Comment

A coming of age cyber-quest. The young hero is on a virtual treasure hunt.

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Meg, East Shore Area Library

Who will help santa this year?

Who will help santa this year?

Author

Jerry Pallotta

Staff Comment

Santa gets lot of offers to help in his workshop.

Suggested by

Meg, East Shore Area Library

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie

Author

Dandi Mackall

Staff Comment

A tender story of giving, set during the Great Depression

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

Keeping Christmas

Keeping Christmas

Author

Dan Walsh

Staff Comment

Empty nesters struggle with how to celebrate Christmas without their children. Moving ahead isn't easy.

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

Cat knit

Cat knit

Author

Jacon Grant

Staff Comment

A cute story about a cat and its yarn.

Suggested by

Kiri, East Shore Area Library

Constable & Toop

Constable & Toop

Author

Gareth P. Jones

Staff Comment

A ghostly mystery full of humor and suspense with likable characters (including the ghosts!)

Suggested by

Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Cry Heart, But Never Break

Cry Heart, But Never Break

Author

Glenn Ringtved

Staff Comment

A wise and sensitive book that helps children deal with the death of a loved one.

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

Dog vs. Cat

Dog vs. Cat

Author

Chris Gall

Staff Comment

2 unlikely friends learn to cooperate, working through a series of problems. Funny!

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

Happy in Our Skin

Happy in Our Skin

Author

Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Staff Comment

A delightful look at what makes us all human, different and the same!

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

Orphan Train Girl

Orphan Train Girl

Author

Christina Baker Kline

Staff Comment

Before "aging-out" of foster care, Molly takes a volunteer position helping an elderly womam. Their similarities are amazing.

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Obstinate Pen

The Obstinate Pen

Author

Frank W. Dormer

Staff Comment

The adventure of a pen and the chaos it creates.

Suggested by

Kiri, East Shore Area Library

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Author

Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Staff Comment

3 kids discover a world beyond their own and it leads them on a load of adventures.

Suggested by

Connor, East Shore Area Library

Wonder

Wonder

Author

R.J. Palacio

Staff Comment

* An eye-opening story about the struggles of being different and the wonderful power of kindness.

Suggested by

Phyllis

Who am I?

Who am I?

Author

Gervase Phinn

Staff Comment

An unusual creature tries to find out who he is by asking all the animals he meets.

Suggested by

Pat, East Shore Area Library

A goose Creek Christmas

A goose Creek Christmas

Author

Virginia Smith

Staff Comment

Holiday hijinks with the Richardsongs and all their quirky goose Creek neighbors.

Suggested by

Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Flash: The homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith and Second Chances

Flash: The homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith and Second Chances

Author

Rachel Ridge

Staff Comment

A homeless donkey wanders on to a family's property and ends up staying, becoming an unlikely source of wisdom.

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

Do Unto Otters

Do Unto Otters

Author

Laurie Keller

Staff Comment

How will Mr. Rabbit be able to get along with his new neighbors? The golden rule!!

Suggested by

Brenda

A Christmas Eve

A Christmas Eve

Author

Ann Martin

Staff Comment

The magic of Christmas comes to life as 8 year old Tess is determined to meet the real Santa to ask him to cure her friend's Dad of cancer. Award winning author.

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman

Author

Simon Winchester

Staff Comment

A fascinating account of a man in an insane asylum who contributes 10,000 entries to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Suggested by

Diane, East Shore Area Library

Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

Author

Lisa Wingate

Staff Comment

Based on the true story of a horrific scandal with adoptions at the Tennessee Children's Home in the 1930s.

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Rebecca

Capital

Capital

Author

John Lanchester

Staff Comment

"We want what you have." A postcard from a londer realty company, or from someone with sinister intent?

Suggested by

Ginger, East Shore Area Library

The Girl Before

The Girl Before

Author

JP Delaney

Staff Comment

A quick read with a surprising ending!

Suggested by

Priscille H, East Shore Area Library

In Pieces

In Pieces

Author

Sally Field

Staff Comment

A stunning look at Sally Field's early years.

Suggested by

Ellen, East Shore Area Library

A Place for Us

A Place for Us

Author

Fatima Farheen Mirza

Staff Comment

Will Hadia's wedding reuinte her family or are they too broken already?

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Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Louise on the Lam

Louise on the Lam

Author

Asharon Cree

Staff Comment

A heartwarming tale of love for a homeless beagle and one woman's experience as a foster mom for rescued dogs.

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Amish Cook’s Baking Book

The Amish Cook’s Baking Book

Author

Lovina Eicher

Staff Comment

This book will make your mouth water! Each chapter has stories about Amish Life & Lots of Yummy Recipes.

Suggested by

Kelly, East Shore Area Library

True Tails of Baker & Taylor

True Tails of Baker & Taylor

Author

Jon Louch

Staff Comment

Great story about a small town library and 2 cats

Suggested by

Karen U, East Shore Area Library

Wishin’ and Hopin’

Wishin’ and Hopin’

Author

Wally Lamb

Staff Comment

The innocence of 1964 America shines in this witty, charming tale of a 5th-grader's unforgettable Christmas

Suggested by

Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Camino Island

Camino Island

Author

John Grisham

Staff Comment

Jobless and in debt, a young writer gets caught up in the theft of rare manuscripts. Ingenious plot.

Suggested by

Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Adnan’s Story

Adnan’s Story

Author

Rabia Chaudry

Staff Comment

A muslim kid is wrongfully accused of murder.

Suggested by

Alyssa, East Shore Area Library

Walking with Peety: The Dog who Saved My Life

Walking with Peety: The Dog who Saved My Life

Author

Eric O'Grey

Staff Comment

Eric lost 150 pounds after adopting a shelter dog & a plant based diet.

Suggested by

Meg, East Shore Area Library

Sister Eve Private Eye

Sister Eve Private Eye

Author

Lynne Hinton

Staff Comment

A nun takes a leave of absence from the convent to help her dad who's recovering from surgery and gets involved with his detective business. Great mystery!!

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Last Midwife

The Last Midwife

Author

Sandra Dallas

Staff Comment

This author is a master at telling tales of the joys and struggles of a 19th century colorado mountain life. This is one of her best. Strong female characters.

Suggested by

Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Tainted Relic

The Tainted Relic

Author

The Medieval Murderers

Staff Comment

A great mystery spanning half a millennium, regarding a relic with a history and a curse.

Suggested by

Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Birdman of Alcatraz

Birdman of Alcatraz

Author

John Frankenheimer (director)

Staff Comment

Pretty inspiring and incredible (mostly) true story about a convicted felon who became a preeminent scholar in a chosen field, from behind bars, in solitary confinement

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Dan, East Shore Area Library

Franz Jagerstatter: A Man of Conscience

Franz Jagerstatter: A Man of Conscience

Author

Staff Comment

This brief documentary is the Catholic equivalent of Protestantism's Dietrich Bonhoeffer - a person whose faith led them to resist the Nazis, and then suffer martyrdom.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Facing the Giants

Facing the Giants

Author

Alex Kendrick, director

Staff Comment

A feel good lesson about how doing the right thing regardless of the consequences is always the better way to proceed. As with the the films from the Sherwood Pictures you will laugh and cry and hope that the story never ends.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Nighthawk

Nighthawk

Author

Clive Cussler

Staff Comment

From the NUMA Files: more international intrigue as the US, Russia, and China chase after a bomb more powerful than a nuclear weapon. But who is really in control?

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Buried Treasure, Volume one. The Songs and Stories

Buried Treasure, Volume one. The Songs and Stories

Author

Jimmy Buffett

Staff Comment

Jimmy Buffett weaves the story of the songs with these 'lost recordings' of his early years. Not what I expected but is a diamond in the ruff.

Suggested by

Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Killing England: the Brutal Struggle for American Independence

Killing England: the Brutal Struggle for American Independence

Author

Bill O'Reilly

Staff Comment

A great addition to Bill O'Reilly's "Killing" series. Many local connections found in this story of the struggle for American Independence.

Suggested by

Dan, East Shore Area Library

WOW Christmas: 19 Christmas Songs from Today’s Top Christian Artists

WOW Christmas: 19 Christmas Songs from Today’s Top Christian Artists

Author

Staff Comment

Nice collection of new Christmas music put together in a WOW fashion. Nice variety of sounds and artists hereon.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Beach Boys – 1967 : sunshine tomorrow

Beach Boys – 1967 : sunshine tomorrow

Author

Staff Comment

If you like summer, this is for you. If you are over 50, this is for you. If you love the sound of Southern California, this is singing your song! If you want to feel refreshed, laid back and easy going, this is callin' your name! If you are none of the above listen to it any ways. it'll change you.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

Author

Staff Comment

Just as thrilling today as it was when I first saw it in the theater! Remake will be in theaters soon. This original has set the bar very high.

Suggested by

Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Philadelphia Eagles : 1980 NFC Championship, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles : 1980 NFC Championship, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Author

NFL Films

Staff Comment

A great trip down Memory Lane for Eagle fans. A real thow back experience. Watching this also will make you appreciate today's television coverage of the NFL.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Undefeated, untied, unscored upon : the story of Pennsylvania’s 1957 Cass Township football team

Undefeated, untied, unscored upon : the story of Pennsylvania’s 1957 Cass Township football team

Author

Jim Droskins

Staff Comment

I am a Pennsylvania high school football junkie. This book by Jim Droskins adds another piece to the mural of the sport in Pennsylvania. It doesn't matter what sport, what age level or what competition to accomplish what these young men did is amazing. If you enjoy high school football or amazing feats, this read is time well spent.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Billy Ocean – Here You are : The Music of My Life

Billy Ocean – Here You are : The Music of My Life

Author

Staff Comment

Trinidadian-born British recording artist, Billy Ocean, shares his R&B talents with this his most recent work. It's a combination of old favorites, familiar songs and new releases. If it's Billy Ocean, its got to be good!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

George Jones – Burn Your Playhouse Down: the Unreleased duets

George Jones – Burn Your Playhouse Down: the Unreleased duets

Author

Staff Comment

George Jones performs magical duets with the likes of Georgette Jones, Leon Russell, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, Keith Richards, Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Shelby Lynne, Mark Chestnutt, Mark Knopfler, Marty Stuart, and Tammy Wynette). The duets are only surpassed by the songs they sing.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Lost December

Lost December

Author

Richard Paul Evans

Staff Comment

Richard Paul Evans is my go-to for a heart warming page turner, and this was no exception. I loved the story, and loved the characters too. A modern day retelling of The Prodigal Son, a young man is handed the opportunity to succeed his father's company and makes some bad choices, which most of us can relate to. Dependable "feel-good" read.

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Desirae, Elizabethville Area Library

The Complete Releases 1955 – 1962 Patsy Cline

The Complete Releases 1955 – 1962 Patsy Cline

Author

Staff Comment

Patsy Cline had the quintessential voice of Country Music from the mid-1950 to the mid-1960. To me she was the best of all times. This collection captures the heart and soul, not only of an artist or a time period but of an entire opus of a music genre. Patsy Cline lives on today in this multi-disc CD collection of her music.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Lair of the Lion : A History of Beaver Stadium

Lair of the Lion : A History of Beaver Stadium

Author

Staff Comment

Having been a fan of PSU football since the early 1960s and having attended many games at Beaver Stadium this book was a fabulous read detailing the history and development of the Lions lair. Filled with many photos, past and present, of the stadium and of those who were instrumental in its development the book is a must edition to your love and understanding of Penn State Football.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

The Accusers

The Accusers

Author

Lindsey Davis

Staff Comment

Another Marcus Didius Falco adventure, this time set in his hometown of ancient Rome. Watch as he unravels the twisting schemes of the ancient Roman court system.

Suggested by

Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Wrecked

Wrecked

Author

Carol Higgins Clark

Staff Comment

Mysterious deaths and surprises on current-day Cape Cod.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

50th Anniversary Collection

50th Anniversary Collection

Author

Neil Diamond

Staff Comment

From 1967 to 2017, fifty years. Neil Diamond has stood the test of time. This walk through time with Neil Diamond will take you back to the days of your youth, the days of your children's youth and even your grandchildren's youth. Get this now and sing along once again with Neil Diamond.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Love and War

Love and War

Author

Brad Paisley

Staff Comment

Brad Paisley continues to rock the juke box or was that Alan Jackson. Doesn't matter. This is another great CD from the first trak to the last. Each song is its slice of life.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

Author

Staff Comment

Another Jason Bourne film. No better or worse than all the others. Still worth the time, especially if you like action, intrigue and Jason Bourne.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Guardians of the galaxy awesome mix. Vol. 2

Guardians of the galaxy awesome mix. Vol. 2

Author

Staff Comment

Not as good as Vol 1 but it can stand on it's own merits. Contains some classy classics.

Suggested by

Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Men with cats : intimate portraits of feline friendship

Men with cats : intimate portraits of feline friendship

Author

David Williams

Staff Comment

Proof that almost anything can get published. Good photography too.

Suggested by

Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Rogue One

Rogue One

Author

Staff Comment

Two best reasons to watch this: 1) It's STAR WARS 2) No Jar-Jar Binks Thumbs UP!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

A square meal : a culinary history of the Great Depression

A square meal : a culinary history of the Great Depression

Author

Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe

Staff Comment

One needs to be a history buff to be drawn to a unique book like this. That and having parents who lived the experience helps too. A great book but not one to take to the beach with you.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

La La Land

La La Land

Author

Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert, Marc Platt

Staff Comment

This was not what I expected. La La Land is a good story however I thought it was going to contain a lot more singing and dancing than it did. I got that impression from the previews it was going to be a long the lines of 'Hair Spray'. Not even close. Worth a watch if you hate singing and dancing. Forget it if you like musicals. Thumbs down.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Author

Theodore Melfi, director

Staff Comment

I experienced the 'Space Race' first hand throughout the 1960's and beyond. This story fills in a lot of good back ground pieces. It is also a tribute to the oft ignored contributions of African-Americans. Thumbs UP!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Alexandria

Alexandria

Author

Lindsey Davis

Staff Comment

Marcus Didius Falco is the first-century Roman equivalent of Columbo. In this mystery, Falco has to solve multiple murders at the Great Library of Alexandria. Good story, with lots of witty insights on human nature.

Suggested by

Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

The Lost Order

The Lost Order

Author

Steve Berry

Staff Comment

In this latest Cotton Malone adventure, author Steve Berry intertwines Confederate gold, the threat of shifting the balance of power in the U.S. Government, the Smithsonian Institution, and the mysterious Knights of the Golden Circle. A great read as you try to sort fact from fiction!

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Keeping up with the Joneses

Keeping up with the Joneses

Author

Greg Mottola

Staff Comment

Pick this gem up on a whim. What a nugget of gold! If you need to escape, if you need to laugh out load, if you need to release all those good things in your system that will lighten your day, watch this movie. Warning: Watching this movie may make your sides hurt and your eyes cry!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

USS Indianapolis : men of courage

USS Indianapolis : men of courage

Author

Mario van Peebles

Staff Comment

Introduced to the USS Indianapolis through the movie Jaws, I look for stories on the Indianapolis. This work provides yet another look at the horror, struggles and loss suffered by the ships crew as their part in delivering "The Bomb". Well worth the time to watch.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

The free state of Jones : Mississippi’s longest civil war

The free state of Jones : Mississippi’s longest civil war

Author

Victoria E. Bynum

Staff Comment

Compelling story of a not to typical Southern Family. Tells of the families impact on the USA over the past 200 years. Highly recommended!

Suggested by

Daniel, East Shore Area Library

The free state of Jones : Mississippi’s longest civil war

The free state of Jones : Mississippi’s longest civil war

Author

Victoria E. Bynum

Staff Comment

Compelling story of a not to typical Southern Family. Tells of the families impact on the USA over the past 200 years. Highly recommended!

Suggested by

Daniel, East Shore Area Library

The fox in the library

The fox in the library

Author

Lorenz Pauli

Staff Comment

The fox chases a mouse into the library and finds books!

Suggested by

Meg

The road not taken : finding America in the poem everyone loves and almost everyone gets wrong

The road not taken : finding America in the poem everyone loves and almost everyone gets wrong

Author

David Orr

Staff Comment

Speculates on what Robert Frost meant in this poem.

Suggested by

Alyssa

A ring of endless light

A ring of endless light

Author

Madeleine L'Engle

Staff Comment

Vicky Austin is facing the death of her grandfather and the affections of three very different young men.

Suggested by

Deanna

Something in between

Something in between

Author

Melissa de la Cruz

Staff Comment

This is a thought-provoking novel that addresses undocumented immigrants.

Suggested by

Debbie

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Author

Susan Crandall

Staff Comment

In 1963, a 9 year old girl runs away and accepts a ride that changes her life. Poignant, funny & Memorable.

Suggested by

Millie

The Daughter of Time

The Daughter of Time

Author

Josephine Tey

Staff Comment

Different, interesting and convincingly researched. A mystery in history... solved?

Suggested by

Ginger

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

Author

J K. Rowling

Staff Comment

Rumors fly, dark secrets are exposed and a village is divided following a town councilman's death.

Suggested by

Ginger

The chemist

The chemist

Author

Stephenie Meyer

Staff Comment

Strong female character, sibling rivalry and dogs.

Suggested by

Alyssa

Poison : a wicked snow white tale

Poison : a wicked snow white tale

Author

Sarah Pinborough

Staff Comment

The beginning of a trilogy - Snow White, with a twist.

Suggested by

Alyssa

Abandoned America : dismantling the dream

Abandoned America : dismantling the dream

Author

Matthew Christopher

Staff Comment

Interesting stories about places and buildings that have been neglected.

Suggested by

Theresa

The Red Hunter

The Red Hunter

Author

Lisa Unger

Staff Comment

2 Women, both victims of horrible acts on intersecting courses. Great book read in 1 day!

Suggested by

Priscilla

Mammy

Mammy

Author

Brendan O'Carrol

Staff Comment

A delightful look at the life of working class families in the 1960's Dublin, Ireland. Delightful characters, funny and heart warming.

Suggested by

Millie

The Unquiet Grave

The Unquiet Grave

Author

Sharyn McCrumb

Staff Comment

This master storyteller gives us another gem. It's based on an incredible American ghost story set in 1896 West Virginia

Suggested by

Pat

Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder

Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder

Author

Claudia Kalb

Staff Comment

A fascinating look at the mental health problems of famous people.

Suggested by

Alyssa

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All The wrong People

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All The wrong People

Author

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Staff Comment

An angry profane stand up comic turned pastor takes readers along on her faith journey with a god who won't leave her alone. Funny and deeply moving.

Suggested by

Millie

The hidden life of trees : what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world

The hidden life of trees : what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world

Author

Peter Wohlleben

Staff Comment

Enchanting and intriguing. Illustrates how trees communicate, protect and care for each other.

Suggested by

Diane

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Author

Christina Baker Kline

Staff Comment

A teenager "aging out" of foster care does community service helping an elderly woman and discovers answers to haunting mysteries.

Suggested by

Diane

Fatal Option

Fatal Option

Author

Chris Beakey

Staff Comment

One poor decision creates a domino effect in this intricate thriller.

Suggested by

Ginger

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Author

Kim Edwards

Staff Comment

A lifelong secret creates emotional troubles and conflict in the lives of two families.

Suggested by

Pat

Fifty plants that changed the course of history

Fifty plants that changed the course of history

Author

Bills Laws

Staff Comment

A great collection of tales dealing with the plants and their impact.

Suggested by

Meg

Prayers for Sale

Prayers for Sale

Author

Sandra Dallas

Staff Comment

A historical novel that takes you into the hard life of women in a small Colorado mining town during the 1800's. Characters are strong and lovable.

Suggested by

Pat

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

Author

Kelly Harms

Staff Comment

A light-hearted novel about second chances in love and life.

Suggested by

Phyllis

The Secrets of Wishtide

The Secrets of Wishtide

Author

Kate Saunders

Staff Comment

A clever and charming new series featuring a widow and her cohorts solving crimes in Victorian England.

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Phyllis

Even superheroes have to sleep

Even superheroes have to sleep

Author

Sara Crow

Staff Comment

A funny rhyme showing children that sleep is important to everyone.

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Ellen

The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

Author

Jenny Broom

Staff Comment

Beautiful illustrations and peek-through windows tell this traditional story.

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Meg

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

Author

Munro Leaf

Staff Comment

This peacable bull has been smelling the flowers and delighting children for more than 30 years. A classic tale.

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Millie

If You Plant a Seed

If You Plant a Seed

Author

Kadir Nelson

Staff Comment

A beautiful story about sharing told with simple words and paintings.

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Susan

Bad Boys

Bad Boys

Author

Margie Palatini

Staff Comment

A madcap fairy-tale, Willy & Wally Wolf are in trouble again. Enter taining!

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Theresa, East Shore Area Library

A Little Book of Sloth

A Little Book of Sloth

Author

Lucy Cooke

Staff Comment

Too cute for words! A wonderful look at an interesting, unique creature.

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Susan, East Shore Area Library

The Birch & Bark House

The Birch & Bark House

Author

Nick Neddo

Staff Comment

Omakayas learns courage, sadness happiness & her true family history.

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Glenda, East Shore Area Library

Great

Great

Author

Glen Gretzky

Staff Comment

Wonderful story. Children need encouragement, love, & support to grow up into strong, confident adults.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Falling

Falling

Author

Jane Green

Staff Comment

Emma leaves behind her Manhattan life for a new start in Connecticut.

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Sydney, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

The Athena Project

The Athena Project

Author

Brad Thor

Staff Comment

Four women are about to undertake one of the nation's deadliest assignments.

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Alex, East Shore Area Library

Beloved Poison

Beloved Poison

Author

E. S. Thompson

Staff Comment

Secrets abound in this victoria era crime novel. A rich cast of characters, scientific detail, & Gothic atmosphere. I didn't want it to end.

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Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

Author

Tess Gerristen

Staff Comment

Can a piece of music make a child want to hurt others? Find out in this captivating quick read page turner.

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Kelly, East Shore Area library

Dead Scared

Dead Scared

Author

S.J. Bolton

Staff Comment

Det. Flint discovers her investigation is the mere tip of the most unspeakable crime imaginable.

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Ginger, East Shore Area Library

The gratitude diaries : how a year looking on the brightside can transform your life

The gratitude diaries : how a year looking on the brightside can transform your life

Author

Janice Kaplan

Staff Comment

Read how the author brought more gratitude & positive thinking into her life.

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Ann Marie, East Shore Area Library

99 – Stories of the Game

99 – Stories of the Game

Author

Wayne Gretzky

Staff Comment

EXCELLENT look at hockey through the ages by someone who's lived it (Also available in audio)

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

One Plus One

One Plus One

Author

Jojo Moyes

Staff Comment

You're in for one crazy road trip with four misfits in this book.

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Ellen, East Shore Area Library

The Movement of Stars

The Movement of Stars

Author

Amy Brill

Staff Comment

A Quaker woman discovers a comet in 1840s Massachusetts.

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Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Love Me Anyway

Love Me Anyway

Author

Tiffany Hawk

Staff Comment

An intimate look at flight attendants both before and after 9/11.

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Ellen, East Shore Area Library

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Author

Andrew Sean Greer

Staff Comment

What if you could [fix] everything wrong in your life by living in a different time period?

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Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Deadline

Deadline

Author

Sandra Brown

Staff Comment

One of Sandra Brown's best stories including a twist I did not see coming.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author

Lynne Branard

Staff Comment

A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

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Meg, East Shore Area Library

Against All Odds

Against All Odds

Author

Irene Hannon

Staff Comment

This book has romance, mystery and faith all in a great story.

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Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Christmas Cheers

Christmas Cheers

Author

Staff Comment

Great music sung a cappella. This will get you in the holiday spirit!

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Megan, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Saving Simon

Saving Simon

Author

Jon Katz

Staff Comment

Best-selling author, Katz, discovers surprising personal growth when he rescues a neglected donkey.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Only One Woof

Only One Woof

Author

James Herriot

Staff Comment

A delightful TRUE story from world famous country vet. Great for all ages.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Holy Ghosts

Holy Ghosts

Author

Gary Jansen

Staff Comment

A beautiful memoir about the connection between religion and the paranormal.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Giant George

Giant George

Author

Dave Nasser

Staff Comment

A wonderful memoir of a 'little' blue-eyed dog. Funny, heartwarming, entertaining.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Dewey’s Nine Lives

Dewey’s Nine Lives

Author

Vicki Myron

Staff Comment

Wonderful true stories of cats and how they changed their owners' lives.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

The Children’s Book of Virtues

The Children’s Book of Virtues

Author

edited by William J. Bennett

Staff Comment

An excellent collection of fables, stories and poems that teach good character.

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Mary, East Shore Area Library

Everyday Easy Cheap Eats

Everyday Easy Cheap Eats

Author

DK Publishing

Staff Comment

I love food and cookbooks as well. They help me with new ideas and different ways to make stuff. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make good, delicious food. This is why I love these cheap recipes books.

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Monique, Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

Author

James Herriot

Staff Comment

A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories

Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories

Author

Lisa Lillien

Staff Comment

Stay healthy - not hungry with these filling low-cal recipes. If you like to eat, you'll like this book.

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Deidre and Desiree, Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library

St. Patrick’s Day Murder

St. Patrick’s Day Murder

Author

Leslie Meier

Staff Comment

The author blends Celtic culture and Irish folklore into this murder mystery set in a quaint Maine harbor town. Really enjoyable read.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Prostitutes’ Ball

The Prostitutes’ Ball

Author

Stephen Cannell

Staff Comment

A very different Shane Scully story than usual -- light-hearted and funny, but still a great police drama.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

One for the Money

One for the Money

Author

Janet Evanovich

Staff Comment

First of the delightful Stephanie Plum novels. Read it and you'll be hooked!

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

This is Where I Leave You

This is Where I Leave You

Author

Staff Comment

The father of the Altman tribe has died and the family convenes in their home town for the funeral. Dad's last wish was that they sit Shiva (stay under the same roof together) for the full seven days. This is odd because they weren't really observant Jews, but the four adult children and various spouses go along with it. Hilarity Ensues, Life Lessons are Learned, and Changes are made. I have both read the book, and watched the film numerous times, very enjoyable.

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Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Runaway Ralph

Runaway Ralph

Author

Beverly Cleary

Staff Comment

Tired of his annoying family, Ralph runs away to camp. But it is not what he expected.

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Connor, East Shore Area Library

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Author

Katherine Paterson

Staff Comment

A story of friendship, imagination and growing up. A story to cherish again and again. Required reading for many schools.

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Mary, East Shore Area Library

Big Miracle

Big Miracle

Author

Staff Comment

A wonderful story about how a town and people across the country get together to save this family of whales.

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Theresa, East Shore Area Library

The A-Team

The A-Team

Author

Staff Comment

There's a great blend of action and comedy. It will make you laugh and give you a fast-paced trip!

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Chris, McCormick Riverfront Library

VeggieTales: Abe and the Amazing Promise

VeggieTales: Abe and the Amazing Promise

Author

Staff Comment

As the old saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait." The whole line of VeggieTales are awesome!

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Ashley, McCormick Riverfront Library

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

Author

James Herriot

Staff Comment

A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Last Alibi

The Last Alibi

Author

David Ellis

Staff Comment

Couldn't put down this terrific courtroom thriller. Move over, John Grisham… Seriously!

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Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Sworn to Silence

Sworn to Silence

Author

Linda Castillo

Staff Comment

This is a gripping story of serial murders committed in an idyllic Amish community. The ending will surprise you.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

Never Look Away

Never Look Away

Author

Linwood Barclay

Staff Comment

A fast-moving thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Excellent dialogue.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Most Dangerous Thing

The Most Dangerous Thing

Author

Laura Lippman

Staff Comment

A funeral reunites four childhood friends, forcing them to relive the terrible secret they share.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

Heart Shaped Box

Heart Shaped Box

Author

Joe Hill

Staff Comment

A middle aged rock star, who collects morbid items, buys a "haunted" suit online. It's no joke and the ghost is out to kill him! Truly scary!

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Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Fidelity

Fidelity

Author

Thomas Perry

Staff Comment

This is a fast-moving thriller with lots of plot twists and interesting characters.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

A Bad Day for Sorry

A Bad Day for Sorry

Author

Sophie Littlefield

Staff Comment

A formerly abused woman becomes a vigilante to help other abused women.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Abandon

Abandon

Author

Blake Crouch

Staff Comment

A blizzard threatens as a psychic tries to find why all Abandon's residents disappeared.

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Ginger, East Shore Area Library

It’s a Wonderful Life (For Kids!)

It’s a Wonderful Life (For Kids!)

Author

Jimmy Hawkins

Staff Comment

Written by the original "Tommy" from the classic movie, this book is a perfect lesson that everyone's life matters. Wonderful!

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

Author

Alan Bradley

Staff Comment

The 4th in the Flavia de Luce mysteries about a 12-year-old chemist. This holiday-themed mystery is funny and well written.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

Author

O. Henry

Staff Comment

A timeless holiday story about love and giving. Wonderful illustrations!

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Beth, East Shore Area Library

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Author

Susan Wojciechowski

Staff Comment

This award-winning book is an unforgettable treasure for all ages. Make this a holiday tradition for the entire family.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Christmas in the Country

Christmas in the Country

Author

Cynthia Rylant

Staff Comment

Treasured memories are the stuff Christmas is made of. Special.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Christmas Cheers

Christmas Cheers

Author

Straight No Chaser

Staff Comment

Great music sung a cappella. This will get you in the holiday spirit!

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Megan, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

The 13th Gift

The 13th Gift

Author

Joanne Huist Smith

Staff Comment

A good story about dealing with Christmas while grieving.

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Meg, East Shore Area Library

The Secret of Raven Point

The Secret of Raven Point

Author

Jennifer Vanderbes

Staff Comment

A young woman volunteers as a nurse during World War II.

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Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Never Look Away

Never Look Away

Author

Linwood Barclay

Staff Comment

A fast-moving thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Excellent dialogue.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author

Lynne Branard

Staff Comment

A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

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Meg, East Shore Area Library

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Author

Marvel

Staff Comment

If you are a fan of Marvel you will enjoy this book.

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Seth, Kline Library

Uprooted

Uprooted

Author

Naomi Novik

Staff Comment

Apprentice which fights evil with unconventional magic. I didn't want it to end, but I couldn't put the book down.

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Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Sandman Slim

Sandman Slim

Author

Richard Kadrey

Staff Comment

A gifted Magician gets snatched by demons, and taken to Hell. 11 years later, he escapes, and becomes a sort of supernatural Hitman.

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Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

Author

Gahan Hanmer

Staff Comment

Leave the modern world behind and join Jack as he adapts to living in a medieval kingdom designed by his childhood friend.

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Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Dune

Dune

Author

Frank Herbert

Staff Comment

A modern sci-fi classic about an alien society. Detailed & absorbing.

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Joe, East Shore Area Library

Alias Hook

Alias Hook

Author

Lisa Jensen

Staff Comment

A Neverland story for grown-ups. Hook tells a tragic tale of loss and hatred and is saved by the power of love.

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Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Virals

Virals

Author

Kathy Reichs

Staff Comment

Adults will enjoy this young adult novel written by Kathy Reichs especially those that enjoyed reading other young adult books like the "Hunger Games".

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Debbie, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Compulsion

Compulsion

Author

Martina Boone

Staff Comment

After the death of her disfigured, shut-in mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt's South Carolina plantation, which is guarded by an ancient spirit who cursed one of the island's three founding families and gave the others magical gifts that become compulsions

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Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

What Follows After

What Follows After

Author

Dan Walsh

Staff Comment

2 boys run away in 1962 Florida. I wanted to keep reading this book until I found out what happened.

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Theresa, East Shore Area Library

The Prayer Box

The Prayer Box

Author

Lisa Wingate

Staff Comment

A great story about a person being judged before anyone knew the truth

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Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

Author

Jan Karon

Staff Comment

Back from his trip to Ireland Father Tim must decide what to do with his time and MANY challenges. Beautiful and inspiring!

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Home Another Way

Home Another Way

Author

Christa Parrish

Staff Comment

A young woman is forced to confront her past in order to claim her inheritance.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus

Author

Joyce Magnin

Staff Comment

A 72-year-old woman travels cross country using public transportation. Heart warming and delightful!

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Buck Stops Here

The Buck Stops Here

Author

Mindy Starns Clark

Staff Comment

A woman must discover the truth about her husband's death.

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Ann Marie, East Shore Area Library

At Home in Mitford

At Home in Mitford

Author

Jan Karon

Staff Comment

NY Times bestselling author. First in a wonderful series about a very human Episcopal priest in small town North Carolina.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author

Lynne Branard

Staff Comment

A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

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Meg, East Shore Area Library

A Place Called Hope

A Place Called Hope

Author

Philip Gulley

Staff Comment

Finally, Quaker pastor Sam Gardner is back with a new congregation of quirky characters.

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Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

It’s a Wonderful Life (For Kids!)

It’s a Wonderful Life (For Kids!)

Author

Jimmy Hawkins

Staff Comment

Written by the original "Tommy" from the classic movie, this book is a perfect lesson that everyone's life matters. Wonderful!

Suggested by

Millie, East Shore Area Library

Runaway Ralph

Runaway Ralph

Author

Beverly Cleary

Staff Comment

Tired of his annoying family, Ralph runs away to camp. But it is not what he expected.

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Connor, East Shore Area Library

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Author

Eric Litwin

Staff Comment

Pete is a really cool cat whose motto is "It's all good."

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

Only One Woof

Only One Woof

Author

James Herriot

Staff Comment

A delightful TRUE story from world famous country vet. Great for all ages.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Love is my Favorite Thing

Love is my Favorite Thing

Author

Emma Chichester Clark

Staff Comment

Unconditional love and forgiveness are the focus in this adorable story.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Worn Stories

Worn Stories

Author

Emily Spivack

Staff Comment

The perfect book for anyone that likes interesting stories. There are dozens in this book and every single one is different. Good for adults, teens, and everyone in between.

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Emily Spivack

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children

Author

James Herriot

Staff Comment

A wonderful collection of true stories about the experiences of a country vet.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

Dewey’s Nine Lives

Dewey’s Nine Lives

Author

Vicki Myron

Staff Comment

Wonderful true stories of cats and how they changed their owners' lives.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Breaking Night: A memoir of forgiveness, survival, and my journey from homeless to Harvard

Breaking Night: A memoir of forgiveness, survival, and my journey from homeless to Harvard

Author

Liz Murray

Staff Comment

Foraging for food on the streets and completing school assignments in stairwells - the unbelievable & incredible story of going from "Homeless to Harvard."

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Christine, East Shore Area Library

Angela’s Ashes

Angela’s Ashes

Author

Frank McCourt

Staff Comment

A remarkable story of overcoming adversity. Told with a lot of humor and charm, the author shows us his impoverished childhood in Limerick. Ireland.

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Pat, East Shore Area Library

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

Author

James Herriot

Staff Comment

A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

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Millie, East Shore Area Library